10/31/14 12:00pm
10/31/2014 12:00 PM
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‘The Boy Friend’ runs through Nov. 9 at North Fork Community Theatre. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Sandy Wilson’s “The Boy Friend” is the latest spirited musical production to be offered by North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck. Set in France during the Roaring Twenties, this play may be light on plot but it is strong on engaging song-and-dance numbers and laughs.  (more…)

10/22/14 6:00am
10/22/2014 6:00 AM
The North Fork Community Theatre presents 'The Boy Friend' beginning Thursday in Mattituck. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The North Fork Community Theatre presents ‘The Boy Friend’ beginning Thursday in Mattituck. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

“The Boy Friend,” Sandy Wilson’s musical comedy set in the 1920s French Riviera, will be presented Oct. 23 to Nov. 9 at North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck.  (more…)

07/30/14 7:00am
07/30/2014 7:00 AM
The North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck rehearses this summer’s Youth on Stage musical, “The Wedding Singer.”

The North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck rehearses this summer’s Youth on Stage musical, “The Wedding Singer.”

While this season’s weather may be fickle, one thing we can depend on every summer is a fantastic evening of entertainment from the annual Youth on Stage production at North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck.

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07/23/14 6:00am
07/23/2014 6:00 AM
The North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck rehearses this summer’s Youth on Stage musical, “The Wedding Singer.”

The North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck rehearses this summer’s Youth on Stage musical, “The Wedding Singer.”

North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck will present this summer’s Youth on Stage musical, “The Wedding Singer,” based on the 1998 film of the same name, beginning Thursday, July 24.

Set in 1985, the play is a romantic comedy about Robbie Hart, a wedding singer/wannabe rock star and Julia, the waitress who wins Robbie’s affection. The production is directed by Amanda Mouzakes, with musical direction by Jake Boergesson.

Performances will take place July 24-27, July 31-Aug. 3 and Aug. 7-10. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. An opening reception will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24. Chances for two tickets to the Broadway show “Rock of Ages” will be sold at all performances.

Admission is $20. Student rush tickets ($15) may be available 10 minutes before curtain time. Visit nfct.com or call 298-NFCT (6328).

See more photos from Katharine Schroeder by clicking below: 

03/22/14 6:00am
03/22/2014 6:00 AM

Michael Hipp, center, as Leaf Coneybear, spells the names of South American rodents in a scene from ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at North Fork Community Theatre in 2011. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

North Fork Community Theatre is offering one $500 scholarship for a graduating senior from each high school in Southold, Riverhead and Shelter Island towns.

Applicants are required to include an essay of no more than 200 words detailing the meaning of theater/music activities in the their lives. All applicants must have a history of performance or offstage experience either in high school or within the community.

The application deadline is April 7. For additional application details, please contact scholarship committee chairperson Amy Davidson, 591-1810 orsimplersgarden@optonline.net.

10/31/13 10:33am
10/31/2013 10:33 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The North Fork Community Theatre will present ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ at its Mattituck theater.

North Fork Community Theatre presents ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,’ beginning Friday night at 8 p.m.

For more information and a slideshow, check out northforker.com.

09/15/13 10:00am
09/15/2013 10:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Charlie Scheer, member of the North Fork Community Theatre board of directors, in front of the two original stained-glass windows long believed to be broken.

When North Fork Community Theatre volunteer Charlie Scheer removed the building’s rotting marquee for repairs last month, he thought he’d find a lot of broken glass.

That’s because, he said, people said that over the years, while building sets, they’d hear the “tinkling” of breaking glass as they nailed into the plywood that covered a window on the Mattituck theater’s front wall, behind the marquee.

As Mr. Scheer and his son, David, worked with a bucket truck and a sawzall to remove the marquee — piece by piece — more and more of a stained-glass window was revealed.

“I kept saying, ‘It must be broken further up,’ ” Mr. Scheer, a member of the theater’s board of directors, recalled during an interview last week in front of the window. “It’s quite the surprise.”

The colorful window, more than 15 feet tall, has an intricate design that includes religious symbols: a cross and crown and alpha and omega. The window has suffered only minimal damage, only a few nicks and a small hole toward the bottom that’s believed to have been created by a squirrel. Mr. Scheer believes the squirrel had been trapped there for a very long time because he found its petrified remains.

A second, smaller stained-glass window uncovered during the renovation also appears to be in good condition.

The theater occupies a former church on Old Sound Avenue, near Love Lane, and the 19th-century structure is undergoing its most intensive renovation since an arsonist set fire to the back of the building in the mid-1980s, Mr. Scheer said. Since then, theater officials have offered scholarships to local students as a way to thank the community for helping them rebuild after the fire.

The amateur theatrical group, which started in Greenport about 56 years ago, moved to its current location in 1961.

Last year, with the help of donations from community supporters, the group was able to purchase the building from Mattituck Presbyterian Church for $465,000. Then last month, the theater received financial support from Emilie and Michael Corey. The couple donated $100,000 outright to help fund the theater’s much-needed renovations and agreed to match all other donations, up to $300,000, through December 2015. That means as much as $700,000 could go toward the theater’s “Building on Tradition” renovation campaign.

“The outside is the first thing we worked on and a treasure pops up,” said NFCT president Mary Motto Kalich. “It’s a really good talisman that good things are coming.”

Ms. Kalich said the window’s trim will be painted white when Bryan Danstrup, owner of Bryan Danstrup Custom House Painting in Riverhead, repaints the building’s exterior this month.

Another marquee or sign will also be constructed, since the old one couldn’t be salvaged.

As the theater’s board continues to discuss the newly discovered windows’ future, Mr. Scheer said he’s visited local churches to learn how they protect their stained-glass features.

“Personally, I’d like to see them preserved,” he said. “It would be a shame to see them destroyed.”

jennifer@timesreview.com